Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Matter: Under Threat, Flight May Be Best Response for Trees
New York Times: The whitebark pine grows in the high, cold reaches of the Rocky and Sierra Mountains, and some individuals, wind-bent and tenacious, manage to thrive for more than a thousand years.
Despite its hardiness, the species may not survive much longer.
A lethal fungus is decimating the pines, as are voracious mountain pine beetles. Making matters worse, forest managers have suppressed the fires that are required to stimulate whitebark pine seedlings.
Half of all whitebark pines are now dead or...
We keep moaning about population, but ignore consumption habits
Guardian: At any public meeting on the environment over the past decade , there's one question that almost always came up. It is a variation of 'Why will no one talk about population?' As a result, population is discussed endlessly while people grumble that no one ever talks about it.
The same oddly circular conversation happened in the Observer Review section in an article relating to the new book, 10 Billion, by Stephen Emmott, head of Microsoft's Research Lab. Five full pages of extract and interview...
Florida scientists urge state leaders to join climate summit
Reuters: A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change.
The group plans to host a conference of state and national policymakers and scientists Oct. 6 in Tampa, along with engineers and entrepreneurs who have "job-creating solutions."
Scott, who is a Republican, has come under fire from environmentalists for not taking stronger action over...
Water scarce for thousands in Mexico's Los Cabos as new storm looms
Reuters: Thousands of tourists were stranded in the storm-battered Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos on Thursday, with water in short supply and looted stores sitting empty as a new hurricane threatened to buffet the popular tourist hub.
Odile churned into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, wreaking havoc on a scenic area popular with U.S sun seekers that has rarely witnessed such devastation.
Two people died after trying to cross a flooded stream...
Bringing the Noise on Climate Change
New Yorker: Next Tuesday, leaders of a hundred and twenty nations, President Barack Obama among them, are scheduled to gather in New York for the United Nations climate summit, called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Ahead of the summit, on Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march through midtown Manhattan demanding that those leaders take action. Almost certainly, the leaders will disappoint the marchers, not to mention anyone else who cares about the future of the planet, though by...
World population to hit 11bn in 2100 w/ 70% chance of continuous rise
Guardian: The world?s population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. A ground-breaking analysis released on Thursday shows there is a 70% chance that the number of people on the planet will rise continuously from 7bn today to 11bn in 2100.
The work overturns 20 years of consensus that global population, and the stresses it brings, will peak by 2050 at about 9bn people. ?The previous projections said this...
U.S. green groups urge methane rules for oil and gas industry
Reuters: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must act to rein in methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, environmental groups said on Thursday, warning that failure to set federal standards would undermine other Obama administration efforts to address climate change. The EPA is expected to lay out a plan within months to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling as a part of President Barack Obama's broad climate action plan. A coalition of major green groups, including the Environmental...
French group develops mass electric car charging stations
Reuters: A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge.
A typical charging station of the popular Paris Autolib self-service rental cars has four to five charging plugs, which each make no more demand on the power grid than an average home.
But imagine a firm or institution where dozens of employees arrive in the morning and all start...